The North Devon charity has been awarded major funding by The Big Lottery Fund to help expand its services.

A North Devon charity has been awarded a major grant for its work to support victims of domestic violence.

North Devon Against Domestic Abuse was awarded £677,813 worth of funding, by The Big Lottery Fund.

Chief executive officer Susan Wallis said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to have secured funding as the organisation doesn't receive any.

"I told someone the other day we will be here for the next five years, and I wouldn't have been able to say that last year."

The Big Lottery Fund announced on Thursday it was investing £45.5million in 63 projects nationwide, as part of the launch of the women and girls initiative.

The money will go towards helping the project's developmental and support services.

Susan said the funding would also allow the charity to plan for the next few years, and work on reaching victims in more rural areas of North Devon and Torridge.

Founded in 1975, the community-led charity supports women and their children who have suffered domestic abuse by helping to provide refuge.

Susan added: "I am really impressed with the community project and support shown by the community; it is them I would like to thank."